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2020 Obit: Jon Pickow

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Stilly River Sage 07 Dec 20 - 06:09 PM
Thomas Stern 07 Dec 20 - 10:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 07 Dec 20 - 11:19 PM
GUEST,Felipa 08 Dec 20 - 03:14 PM
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Subject: Obit: Jon Pickow
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 04:41 PM

According to the Friends of Mountain Dulcimer website, Jean Ritchie's son Jon Pickow has died. Here is the link:

Jon Pickow Obituary

There is no other information or details.


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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Jon Pickow
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 06:09 PM

That was simply a remark that he passed away, not an obituary. But here is the biographical information from his page Jon Pickow – bio:

Jon Pickow began his singing career at a very early age, appearing with his mother, Appalachian folksinger Jean Ritchie at concerts and folk festivals throughout the country, including The Newport Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Fox Hollow and The Mariposa Festival in Canada. He performed with Jean over the years until her retirement in 2009 and has produced, and performed on many of her albums.

Jon has appeared recently at the Great American Dulcimer Festival at Pine Mountain State Resort in Pineville, Kentucky, and at Kentucky Music Weekend at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, Kentucky, which is considered one of the premiere folk festivals of the region. He has also taught banjo and harmony at Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY, as well as a seminar on Songs of the Ritchie Family. Jon has also enjoyed teaching and performing at The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina as well as Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College in Kentucky.

In February of 2016, Jon traveled to Ireland to give the Second Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture at NUI Galway under the auspices of the James Hardiman Library and Arts in Action. Jon was also honored to be present for the launch of the Jean Ritchie Scholarship, which is available to a student of Berea College in Kentucky to study at NUI Galway. It was an honor to perform with Mary McPartland, one of Ireland’s premiere traditional singers at the University, The U.S. Embassy and The Clé Club at Liberty Hall in Dublin as well as in Miltown Malbay in County Claire.

Jon toured domestically and internationally with Harry Belafonte, the Robert DeCormier Singers, the Gregg Smith Singers, and the Norman Luboff Choir. He has been a member of the Dusing Singers since the late 1980's during which time he contributed to the group's repertoire with several arrangements. His banjo and dulcimer playing appear on countertenor Andreas Scholl’s CD of American folk songs, Wayfaring Stranger.

As a producer, arranger, instrumentalist and singer, Jon has contributed to folksinger Oscar Brand's latest CDs, live performances and many of his radio programs. He also appeared with Mr. Brand in the Project America series at the 92ndStreet Y in Manhattan, where he has shared the stage with Judy Collins, Theo Bikel, Odetta, Christine Lavin, Josh White Jr., and Tovah Feldshuh.

Jon worked with Oscar Brand in the production of his weekly radio program Folksong Festival for WNYC radio in New York (AM 820) until Oscar’s death in 2016.

Jon enjoys performing and sharing the traditional music of his Kentucky mountain family, as well as the music of other cultures, and songs from the contemporary folk repertoire, accompanying himself on banjo, guitar and mountain dulcimer.

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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Jon Pickow
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 10:36 PM

seems to be confirmed on his facebook page:

Jon Pickow - facebook

sadly, condolences to family and friends.

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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Jon Pickow
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 11:19 PM

There are some wonderful remembrances posted on his facebook page, and lots of links to performances. Mudcat's own Dan Schatz posted on December 6 at 6pm:

    My heart is broken to learn that our dear friend Jon Pickow passed away this morning. It was leukemia in the end - but I know he was comfortable and without pain, and there is a blessing in that.
    Here we all are in happier times - playing at Caffe Lena with Susie Glaze and Kenny Kosek.

    I'll be singing one for you, Jon. More than one.

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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Jon Pickow
From: GUEST,Felipa
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 03:14 PM

so sad to read this, I don't think Jon was all that old. I met him a couple of times with his parents when they lived in Long Island and hosted Pinewoods [NY Folksong Society] picnics.

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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Jon Pickow
From: Brian Peters
Date: 08 Dec 20 - 06:17 PM

[Reposting because my last effort appeared anonymously]

Oh gosh, this is a nasty shock. I met Jon at the Swannanoa Gathering a few years ago, and we had some great chats about Appalachian ballads. I'm very sad to hear of his passing.
I deleted your previous post. -Mod

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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Jon Pickow
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 09 Dec 20 - 10:25 AM

Jon will be missed by all those who know and love him. He was a great supporter and exponent of all things Appalachian. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread. RIP

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Subject: RE: 2020 Obit: Jon Pickow
Date: 24 Jan 21 - 12:55 PM

Upon reading this thread, I did another google search. Obit from Engle-Bowling Funeral Home in Hazard, KY; Jon's dates were April 22, 1958 - December 6, 2020.

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